Create custom designs with flexible durations

With Titler Pro, you can create compact, reusable designs that automatically adapt to longer durations without trimming a design, changing a design's playback speed, or altering a design's animations.

How does it work? When the duration of a design in your video editor's timeline is longer than the duration of the design in Titler Pro's timeline, Titler Pro makes up the difference by rendering a particular frame (which you specify while designing a graphic), known as a pause point, for as long as necessary to play the graphic for the full duration specified in your video editor. For example, if a design's duration in your video editor's timeline is six seconds and the design's duration in Titler Pro's timeline is three seconds, the rendered graphic will play a specific frame for three extra seconds to achieve the full six-second playback duration.

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Caption: Titler Pro's timeline with a Pause marker indicating which frame Titler Pro renders for an extended period to match the design's playback duration specified in a video editor's timeline.

  1. Open Titler Pro by itself or from within a non-linear editor (NLE).

    Tip: For details about adding a Titler Pro graphic to a project in an NLE, see one of the articles in the Add graphics to projects in your video editor section of our help center.

    The first time you open Titler Pro, a basic lower-third design opens in the workspace.

  2. Click the Titler timeline-titler-duration.png field in Titler Pro, which is near the bottom-left corner of the workspace (above the Timeline in the default layout), and enter a duration in MM:SS;FF format (where MM = two digits for minutes, SS = two digits for seconds, and FF = two digits for frames).

    Important: When you use Titler Pro with an NLE, rendered designs always play for the duration specified in your NLE's timeline. The design's duration in Titler Pro should be equal to or less than the duration in your NLE.

    Tip: Set the duration in Titler Pro's timeline to the shortest amount time that is required to play the graphic, including all animations, in its entirety.

  3. Customize the design's objects, animations, or any other elements in the design, including each element's duration in the timeline, to ensure the design appears as you intend. For more information, see articles in the Create and import designs section of our help center.

    Tip: You can add crawling objects, loops, and other animations that play through a pause point in a design. For details, see the following articles:

  4. Expand each layer in Titler Pro's timeline so you can see all animations in the design.
  5. Move the Pause pause-marker.png marker in Titler Pro's timeline to a static frame between animations, such as after all intro animations end and before all outro animations begin.

    Note for EDIUS and Media Composer users: The Pause feature in Titler Pro's timeline (also known as elastic timeline) is not available when you use Titler Pro 7 with Grass Valley EDIUS or AVID Media Composer.

    Important: If an animation overlaps a Pause marker, the graphic may not appear as you intend during playback.

    Tips

    • To adjust the timing of an animation, click and drag the left or ride side of an animation until the animation doesn't overlap the frame where the Pause marker rests.
    • A Pause marker is automatically included in every Titler Pro design. If you don't want the graphic to pause during playback, ensure the design's duration in Titler Pro's timeline matches the duration in your video editor's timeline.
  6. To preview the design, wait until the graphic is cached, which is indicated by a complete green circle around the Play btn-cache-play.png button, then click Play. The graphic plays based on the duration in your video editor's timeline.
  7. Save the graphic by one of the following methods.

    • To save the graphic and continue working in Titler Pro, choose File > Save.
    • To save the graphic to your project's current session and close Titler Pro, click the Keep changes btn-keep-changes.png button in the bottom-right corner of the Timeline panel.

    Tip: If you want to reuse the design in future projects, save the design to the library or save the design to your computer.

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